In recent days and weeks there have been statements made about moving from a Covid-19 pandemic state to an endemic phase by the end of October 2021. The argument for this is higher adult vaccination rates that will be achieved nationwide by that time period. So we need to ask this question: Is Malaysia ready to move to an endemic phase by the end of October 2021?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently urged people not to take Ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19. This warning came after it has received multiple reports of patients hospitalised after taking the medication. Science Media Centre Malaysia spoke to University Sains Malaysia's virologist and immunologist, Dr Leow Chiuan Yee to understand the potential risks of use for prevention or treatment of COVID-19.
The public needs to be vaccinated as soon as possible to reduce the transmission rate of the more dangerous COVID-19 variants, said the former Health Ministry’s National Advisor for Infectious Diseases, Datuk Dr Christopher Lee. Describing the current situation as a “race between vaccination and virus,” he said, the best way to reduce the rate of COVID-19 virus mutation in the community was through vaccination.
Orang ramai perlu divaksin secepat mungkin bagi mengurangkan kadar penularan varian-varian COVID-19 yang lebih berbahaya, demikian saranan bekas Penasihat Kebangsaan Penyakit Berjangkit Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia, Datuk Dr Christopher Lee. Sambil menyifatkan situasi sekarang sebagai “perlumbaan antara vaksin dan virus” ujar beliau, cara terbaik untuk mengurangkan kadar mutasi virus COVID-19 dalam komuniti adalah menerusi vaksinasi.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a testament to how important a good healthcare system can lead to a speedy recovery towards the wellbeing of the nation. Undoubtedly, this pandemic has various facets when it comes to impact. Nevertheless, it is significant for us to venture into the realm of the virus and epidemiological measures in curbing the spread of the disease.
Mutakhir ini wujud penularan varian Delta yang kini dilaporkan telah merebak sehingga ke hampir di 100 negara, termasuk Malaysia. Pertubuhan Kesihatan Sedunia (WHO) turut memberi amaran bahawa dunia sedang dalam tempoh getir mendepani pandemik COVID-19 dengan penularan varian mutasi SARS-CoV-2 paling berbahaya di dunia ketika ini.
We must not be complacent about the threat of the 5th Wave in Malaysia, especially due to the Delta variant. Our pandemic is barely under any control despite 4 weeks of a lockdown. We need to support each other and see the nation through these next few difficult months.
Pengalaman pernah dijangkiti COVID-19 dan tidak mahu trauma berulang, selebriti tempatan, Tiz Zaqyah nekad memastikan keluarganya mendaftar untuk divaksinasi menerusi aplikasi MySejahtera. Pelakon “Covid Oh Covid” yang dijangkiti virus pada bulan Mei baru-baru ini berkongsi kegusaran yang dialaminya ketika mengharungi detik cemas itu.
Recently, Malaysia has been recording an increased number of COVID-19 cases categorised by either the Variant of Concern (VOC) or Variant of Interest (VOI). VOCs or VOIs are mutant forms of the COVID virus (SARS-CoV-2), which are more virulent and infectious than its predecessor Wuhan strain. Dr Liyana explains the difference between VOI and VOCs in Malaysia.
Malaysia should reconsider its spacing of the second dose of AZ vaccine and shorten it from 12 weeks to 8 weeks although the 12-week interval may give a stronger immune response. However, earlier protection against the more transmissible and more deadly Delta variant should be considered, especially for the elderly and those with comorbidities.